For the record, French Hip-Hop culture goes back, there is a history that goes back way way further than MC Solaar. This is bloody obvious to French heads but not somethin fans outside of the country might be aware of.
When I associate anything French and Hip-Hop I think of Z-3 MC’s, and the French National Anthem. I think of Melle Mels’ oh si raffine rhymes on It’s Nasty; ‘I tour around the world to make the people dance, and here’s a little message for the ladies in France. Je m’appelle, Melle Mel Donne moi la petit mademoiselle’. I inevitably remember Une Sale Histoire, and Beside on Change The Beat alongside Fab 5 Freddy. And Tribe 2, also on Celluloid Records. I think of photographer & MTV presenter Sophie Bramly, and the Spraycan Art imagery of Paris in the mid-80s featuring Crime Time Kings, Mode2 & Bando. AND NATURALLY, I remember the Zulu King, DJ Dee Nasty.
If you are French and from the era of these tunes, you’ll know the history of French Hip-Hop and Rap and you’ll probably know all about the radio stations that broadcast the sounds of des rues.
FYI. I’m Irish, I speak English and Italian [Neither with any class], I don't speak a word of French and tbh I'm not a huge fan of listening to rhymes in any other language other than English. But this Dee Nasty tape I’ve had since 1988 [not 85 as noted on the label], and due to it’s sonically captivating troves, it is unquestionably one of my favourite radio tapes from over the 4 decades I’ve been amassing them.
The rest of the tape is from Radio Nova, with ZULU KING Dee Nasty dropping serious 88 classics, some of his own Latin Rascals type productions, and even a recording of a megamix of a Kiss FM show courtesy of Kool DJ Red Alert [Where he plays the famous hard to find mix of I Know You Got Soul, remixed by DJ Mark the 45 King].
Destroy Man Et Jhonygo – On L’Balance
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – A Touch of Jazz
Doctor Funnkenstein and DJ Cash Money – Scratchin´ To The Funk
Dee Nasty – Deenastyle
Destroy Man Et Jhonygo – Egoïste
29:38 Platinum Squad: MC Fresh, Destinée, Doudou Freestyle over 3-D – Crushin & Bussin’ [Instrumental]
Platinum Squad: MC Fresh, Destinée, Doudou Freestyle over Three The Hard Way Featuring White Flash – Hyped [Instrumental]
Criminal Posse: SLEO [Structure Lyrique Expression Orale] Freestyle over Lejuan Love – My Hardcore Rhymes [Instrumental]
Platinum Squad: MC Fresh, Destinée, Doudou Freestyle over 3-D – Acknickulous Beat [Instrumental]
Platinum Squad: MC Fresh, Destinée, Doudou Freestyle over Instrumental
Mantronix – Simple Simon [Instrumental]
Freestyle over Traedonya – The Boogaloo [Instrumental]
Criminal Posse: SLEO [Structure Lyrique Expression Orale] over Sweet Tee – I Got Da Feelin’
Hardcore – Power of the Rhyme
Platinum Squad: MC Fresh, Destinée, Doudou Freestyle Freestyle over 3-D – Crushin & Bussin’ [Instrumental]
Afro-Rican – Give It All You Got
B.O.S.E. – Rock the World
Z-3 MCs – Triple Threat
Bambaataa – Funk You
Cerrone – Rocket in the Pocket
Supreme Force – You Gotta Come Out Fresh [Instrumental]
Lady L – Ice Cream Dreams [Bonus Beats]
Vicious Four – Hard Rap
Isley Brothers – For the Love of You
KISS FM More Music Less Talk ID
Steady B – Bring the Beat Back
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul [45 King Remix]
Radio Novas’ Kickin Live ID
Eric B & Rakim – I Know You Got Soul [Dub]
Danny Krivit – Feelin’ James
Kings of Pressure – You Know How to Reach Us
Prince – Hot Thing [Unreleased/ Unknown Version]
Kev-E-Kev & AK-B – Listen to the Man
Magic Disco Machine – Scratchin
Incredible Bongo Band – Apache
Huge shouts to Majestic Magic in France and CPB & DJ EZ Kutz for TL assistance…